Ever heard of Veggietales? If so, you probably know who Larryboy is. Well, now he's on MOCpages, along with his super-car, "The Larrymobile"!
About this creation
After a month of tedious yet rewarding effort, the first ever Veggietales® Lego creation is here. So, without further-a-do, please welcome the Larrymobile and its infamous driver, Larryboy!
Many MOCpage users, I’m sure, are familiar with Veggietales®, many of which are big Veggietales® fans. Probably the most memorable thing about Veggietales is its cucumber superhero Larryboy, who defends the metropolitan city of Bumblyburg against evil. And like all superheroes, he has his super-car as well, dubbed the Larrymobile. It can also develop wings to fly, pontoons to float, drills to go underground, etc.
Designing and Building
Because I am a big Veggietales® fan, I decided one day I would build the “new” Larrymobile found in Veggietales’ latest Larryboy episode. So I pulled out our DVD copy of “Larryboy and the Bad Apple”, studied the cover for a second (which has a big picture of Larryboy), and then easily built him using rounds and cones, which ironically work well for a Lego cucumber!
I considered gluing Lego buttons on each side of the head for his plunger ears, but I gave up the idea after I realized that removable glue wouldn’t do the trick. And I never, never, EVER apply superglue to my Legos. And what about his Mohawk? I tried one of the Castle plumes, but they aren’t designed to attach to studs. So I decided to add it – along with the face – digitally. Notice that I included his extended collar as well, found only in the episode “Larryboy and the Bad Apple”.
The next step was the Larrymobile itself. Using a small and distorted picture of the Larrymobile on the back of a DVD case (see the picture above), and using my Lego Larryboy as a scale guide, I started at the front and slowly worked to the back. It was actually much, much easier than I had expected (in spite of using such a pathetic guide), and I had the whole thing finished in 2 days. It was smaller than I had expected too, but at least it worked. Notice the headlights. The hardest part, of course, was choosing the wheels and the windshield. Though neither is perfect, that’s the best I could get. The discs I used for wheels, I discovered, run a whole lot smoother than actual Lego wheels . . . probably because of no treds, thus reducing friction.
But the most difficult part, of course, was editing it digitally. And what did I have to edit? Check it out:
Behind the Scenes
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the Lego Larrymobile isn’t color-accurate at all, except for white, blue, and yellow. All gray elements (except for the wheels) were later painted purple on my computer once I photographed it. The wheels were painted dark pink (they’re supposed to resemble gigantic plungers), and Larryboy’s colors were edited a little. Don’t believe it? Compare the picture below with the main photo. They’re perfectly identical except for color and added features.
However, the actual shape of the Larrymobile was not modified, and I believe that it looks very realistic compared to the “actual thing”. I would’ve painted the rest of these pictures if I had the time . . . but a single picture requires too much time to do several. Maybe later . . .
Note the booster rocket in the back, and the antenna-thingy on top. I still haven’t figured out what it is. Also, please notice my “cockpit” controls and joysticks, and the fact that Larryboy can easily fit inside . . . once you remove his collar. Oh, and don’t forget the headlights!
Besides painting the vehicle and Larryboy, of course, I had to digitally graph his face and Mohawk. I even considered graphing ear plungers, but the only photographs I could find were at the wrong angle or cut too short. That really stinks, because Larryboy just isn’t Larryboy without his ear plungers! I HATE MYSELF!!!
Anyway, the “Larryboy” logo was, again, graphed from a photograph I took of the DVD case. And just for fun, I threw in the DVD case itself to attract more attention.
Finally, it was time to write up text, upload the completed photos, and post it on MOCpages. Now it’s here, and please try to appreciate it the same way I did when I finished the first prototype and held it in my hands, or when I completed the main photo and leaned back in my chair to admire it.
So anytime you see another Larryboy episode or hear those infamous words “I…am…that…hero!”, you can remember that Legos can be used to build anything you can imagine . . . yes, even talking Vegetables and the cars they ride in!